Serve up some creepily delicious Spooky Witch Fingers this Halloween for a scarily healthy appetizer using gluten-free Brazi Bites! These Brazi Bites Spooky Witch “fingers” are fun and easy to make so even the kids can get involved in the kitchen. Served with marinara sauce “blood” for dipping, this dish is a spook-tastic treat for your entire family!

Brazi Bites Spooky Witch Fingers

Ingredients

For the fingers:
20 ea. Brazi Bites, defrosted
2 eggs, beaten well with 1 tsp. Water
Almond slices
Vegetable oil or vegetable spray

For the marinara sauce:
1 – 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 c. Water (swished from the tomato can)
1/4 c. Olive oil
8 garlic cloves, sliced
1 tsp. Red pepper flakes
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1 tsp. Dried oregano

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Preparation

For the Marinara: Heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic cloves and cook for 30 seconds until beginning to sizzle. Add tomatoes and 1 c. Water. Add Red pepper flakes, salt and dried oregano. Bring marinara to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes until thickened. Serve with Brazi bites fingers.

For the Brazi Bites fingers: Preheat oven to 400 F. Coat hands well with oil. Knead Brazi Bite (1 ea.) well and roll into a 5 in. ‘stick.’ Using a small knife, cut 3 slits along the top, middle and bottom of the finger. Place an almond slice into the top of the “finger.’ Place onto a sheet pan coated with pan spray. Brush fingers with egg wash. Bake in oven for 18-22 minutes until golden brown. Brush the “nail” of the finger with marinara sauce.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Brazi Bites.*

The smell of fresh, baking bread in the comfort of your own kitchen is a scent like no other! Warm, inviting and delicious, this gluten free, vegan sandwich bread made using Blends by Orly is a true treat! It can be enjoyed immediately or frozen to save for a later date.

Orly’s Gluten Free Vegan Healthy Seeded Sandwich Bread

Ingredients

2 tsp (7 grams) or 1 packet of instant yeast
1 cup (230 ml) lukewarm water
2 1/2 cups (300) grams Blends by Orly Tuscany Blend
1/4 cup (50 grams) vegetable oil
1 1/2 Tablespoons (34 grams) honey
1/4 cup (20 grams) chia seeds (“Mom” prefers Carrington Farms)
1/4 cup (20 grams) flax seeds (“Mom” prefers Carrington Farms)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
2 Tablespoons pumpkin seeds (optional garnish; “Mom” uses SuperSeedz)

Preparation

Mix: In the bowl of you stand mixer with a paddle attachment or in a bread machine, combine all the ingredients, and mix together to make a soft, smooth, slightly sticky dough.

Proof: Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover the bowl, and allow it to rise in a warm temperate (approximately 90 degrees F) untill it’s almost doubled in size, about 30-45 minutes.

Lightly grease a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan. Flour your work surface and the surface of your dough with Tuscany Blend or white rice flour. Gently shape the dough into a smooth log, and place it into the pan, smooth side up.

Cover the pan with lightly greased plastic wrap or with a warm towel, and allow the loaf to rise till it’s raised over the rim of the pan by about 3/4″, about 45 minutes. For a faster proof time, let your loaf sit in an oven set to a warming temperature of about 90-100 degrees F for about 30 minutes.

Bake: Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F. If you don’t mind that the bread is not vegan, adding an outer coat of egg-wash will give your bread a glossy and crusty finish. Otherwise, brush the top of the dough with water-wash and sprinkle it with pumpkin seeds. Bake the bread for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the tops are a golden color and makes a hollow sound to the touch. Remove the loaf from the oven, and turn it out of the pan onto a rack to cool. Slice the bread in advance and freeze for up to 9 months. Makes 1 loaf.

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About Blends by Orly

Blends by Orly are made with the highest quality wholesome gluten free ingredients, and are also OU Kosher certified, nut free, vegan and corn free. Blends by Orly provides a simple way to prepare baked goods that are so delicious that people would have no idea they are eating something that is gluten-free. Blends by Orly allows you to make your exact favorite recipes by just replacing the wheat flour with one of the Blends by Orly. Blends by Orly are sold in stores throughout the USA on Amazon and online. http://blendsbyorly.com/

*Recipe and image courtesy of Blends by Orly.*

French toast gets a grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free makeover in this delicious breakfast recipe using Mikey’s Muffins!

Those with food allergies and diet constraints understand that eliminating certain food items means that you may also be restricted from eating many of the foods you love. Dedicated to delivering wholesome and healthy products that contain a short, clean list of identifiable ingredients, the certified-paleo, low calorie, multi-purpose English muffins are gluten, dairy, soy, and grain-free.

Mikey’s Muffins French Toast

Ingredients

1 Box Cinnamon Raisin Mikey’s Muffins
½ cup Coconut Milk
2 each Pastured Eggs
1 tbsp Ground Cinnamon
¼ tsp Kosher Salt
1 tsp Raw Honey
2 tbsp Ghee
2 Bananas, sliced
1 cup Fresh Blackberries
½ cup Maple Syrup

Preparation

Remove your box of Cinnamon Raisin Mikey’s Muffins from the freezer and place in the refrigerator the night before to thaw. Alternatively thaw on the counter the morning of breakfast.

In a large bowl whisk the two eggs together until homogenous. Mix in the coconut milk, ground cinnamon, kosher salt, and raw honey until fully incorporated.

Place a skillet on the stove and set over medium heat. Depending on the size of your pan you may have to cook your Mikey’s Muffins French toast in batches. Start by adding 1tbsp of ghee to your pan and evenly coat the pan with the melted ghee.

Dip each half of each Cinnamon Raisin Mikey’s Muffin into the pastured egg batter. Be sure the evenly coat each Mikey’s Muffin half. Do not let soak for more than 30 seconds.

After coating, place into hot skillet. Adjust heat accordingly. Do not flip until you start to see a golden brown and crispy edge around the surface of the Mikey’s Muffin that is pan side down. Once a golden edge is achieved, flip over and repeat the process. Do not flip more than once.

Once fully cooked remove from pan and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to blot off prior to transferring to serving plates.

Repeat this process until all eight Cinnamon Raisin Mikey’s Muffins halves are cooked.

Top with sliced bananas, blackberries, and maple syrup, as desired.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Mikey’s Muffins.*

Pure Bar Founder, Veronica Bosgraaf, has developed these decadent, gluten-free Peppermint Brownies, which are perfect for serving this holiday season! The recipe can be found in her cookbook, Pure Food.

Peppermint Brownies

Ingredients

Grapeseed oil or coconut oil spray, for greasing
½ cup white rice flour
½ cup brown rice flour
2 teaspoons tapioca starch
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon sea salt
½ cup coconut oil, at room temperature
1 ½ cups organic cane sugar blended
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon peppermint extract
4 large eggs
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preparation

1. Preheat the oven to 325ᴼF. Grease an 8-inch square baking dish with oil and line the bottom with a piece of parchment paper. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the white and brown rice flours, tapioca starch, baking powder, and salt.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or using a handheld mixer, beat the coconut oil and sugar on medium speed until well combined, about 2 minutes. Add the cocoa powder, vanilla, and peppermint extract and beat until incorporated. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour mixture ½ cup at a time, beating until just combined. Stir in the walnuts and spread the batter in the prepared pan.

4. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out nearly clean, about 40 minutes. Let cool to room temperature before cutting and serving.

Makes one 8-inch square pan.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Veronica Bosgraaf, founder of Pure Bar and cookbook author of Pure Food.

Gluten Free Bites - Coconut Cashew CrunchA better for you mid-day snack (or who are we kidding, any time of the day)! Created by two gluten-free brothers and a pastry chef, The Gluten Free Bites are packed with protein derived from brown rice and pea protein plus offer a healthy dose of fiber. These perfectly-sized nutritious treats feature are made with wholesome ingredients and come in delicious flavors, including dark chocolate coconut, chocolate cherry almond, coconut cashew crunch, and new PB&J, dark chocolate peanut butter and dark chocolate hazelnut!

Certified gluten-free, vegan, Kosher, Non-GMO Project Verified, and made with all-natural and organic ingredients, each variety The Gluten Free Bites is also low in sodium, made with low glycemic natural sweeteners, and completely free of fillers, additives, wheat, soy, cholesterol, trans fat, casein and dairy.

Packaged in convenient bags, these are easy to tuck in your drawer at work for a quick and healthy treat. “Mom’s” favorite flavor was the coconut cashew crunch – YUM! You have most likely heard of The Gluten Free Bar, but these bites are definitely going to become your new go-to gluten-free snack!

To learn more about The Gluten Free Bites, visit their website at www.TheGFB.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this article.*

Flamous Brands - Original FalafelSomehow, the words healthy and tailgating don’t really seem to fit together, but yet, Flamous Brands has made this a reality! Offering families everywhere a scrumptious yet healthy option on game day, the unique 21 ingredient blend of herbs, spices, vegetables and legumes are so tasty,  no one will suspect they are indeed good for you!

This is one chip that “Mom” loves indulging in, and the fact that all Flamous Brand Chips are non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free kosher, as well as fee of most allergens only makes them all the attractive as a healthy snack option. Plus, ounce for ounce, Flamous Falafel Chips have 10 times the antioxidant value than that of green tea or vegetable juice. 
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With several unique varieties to taste test, “Mom” tried the Sprouted Multigrain Chips, Original Falafel Chips, Spicy Fiesta Chips and Spicy Falafel Chips. The family favorite was definitely the Spicy Fiesta flavor, with the Spicy Falafel flavor coming in a close second. On game day, serve these as your ‘go-to’ chip, knowing you are providing a healthy snack for all!

Flamous Original Falafel Chips are available at Mother’s Market, Kroger, The Fresh Market, Whole Foods, Amazon.com and other health food stores throughout the United States. You can also learn more about the brand on their website, www.flamousbrands.com.

Flamous (which stands for famous for flavor) is a Los Angeles based company born in 2007. Family owned and operated, the founders sought to create a snack that was not only delicious but that they would be proud to offer to their own friends and kids. Their goal is to continue to grow in their industry – to be an internationally recognized brand that continues to develop innovative healthy options and exciting new flavors and concepts for the world to enjoy.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this article.*

Sun Cups 2Allergies are on the rise, but it does not mean you have to give up your favorite treats, such as chocolate peanut butter cups! For oooey gooey chocolate deliciousness, try Sun Cups! Sun Cups serves as the ultimate guilt-free and allergy friendly chocolate indulgence. Be able to enjoy the delicious creamy & nutty flavors of Sun Cups, except without any peanuts, tree nuts, or gluten! Sun Cups are made from premium cacao of only Rainforest Alliance Certified farms and produced in the only completely nut free facility in America.

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Sun Cups uses sunflower seed butter to replace the usual peanut butter center most chocolate cups have, allowing those with nut allergies to enjoy the classic American treat. Sun Cups offers several different variations to satisfy any sweet tooth, including caramel, mint, and dark chocolate flavors. “Mom” loves the rich flavor of Sun Cups, from the traditional chocolate peanut butter flavor to the chocolate mint. Made with non-GMO ingredients, this is one treat you can feel good indulging in this summer!

Available in packages of 12 or 24, you can learn more about Sun Cups on their website.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Vegan, gluten-free, and utterly delicious, this recipe is a prefect addition to your celebration recipes—all of your guests are sure to gobble it up with relish. For easier preparation, feel free to replace the squash with canned pumpkin puree.

Squash Risotto

Ingredients

1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
3/4 cup brown risotto rice
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
5 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons cumin
a handful of fresh coriander leaves
2 sage leaves, chiffonade
Juice from half a lemon
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preparation

1. Cook the rice according to package directions.
2. Spread squash on a baking sheet and toss with oil, herbs and spices. Roast in a 400 Degree Fahrenheit oven until soft.
3. Puree most of the squash a splash of water, nutritional yeast, vinegar, salt and lemon. Blend until creamy.
4. When the rice is almost cooked, stir in the squash sauce and the reserved roasted squash. Garnish with additional coriander leaves and serve warm.

Serves 4.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Guiding Stars.*

Black Forest CookeisChocolate and cherries are the foundation of the classic dessert Black Forest Cake. Now you can enjoy the same flavors in a delicious cookie that can surprisingly be served to family and friends who want gluten-, grain- and dairy-free treats.

This easy-to-make recipe was created by Carol Kicinski, a professional recipe developer, editor in chief of Simply Gluten Free Magazine and TV chef. Kicinski explains, “They are something between a macaroon and a brownie made better with ruby-red maraschino cherries.”

In fact, maraschino cherries can add color and flavor to a variety of baked goods, so it’s wise to keep a jar or two in your pantry for when you’re ready to bake.

Gluten-Free Black Forest Cookies

Ingredients

2¼ cups blanched almond flour*

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt

½ cup vegetable oil

½ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 large eggs (“Mom” prefers cage-free eggs)

¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup maraschino cherries, patted dry and quartered

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Combine the almond flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in mixing bowl. Whisk together oil, brown sugar, vanilla and eggs. Add to dry ingredients; mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and cherries.

Using teaspoon or small (#60) ice cream scoop, spoon dough onto the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 11 minutes or until the cookies are firm. Cool on pans for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Makes 2½ dozen cookies.

*Grind your own almond flour: Pulse about 3 cups sliced almonds in food processor until it reaches the consistency of flour. Yield: about 2¼ cups almond flour.

For delicious recipes from The National Cherry Growers and Industries Foundation, visit www.nationalcherries.com. Or go to www.simplygluten-free.com for more gluten-free advice and recipes.

*Recipe and image courtesy of NAPS.*

Pirate's BootyParents can swap sugar-laden candy treats for Pirate’s Booty, a deliciously baked, all-natural snack that kids love and moms can feel good about adding to the Halloween treat bowl! Pirate’s Booty has less fat and fewer calories than traditional Halloween candy and zero grams of sugar. Also, Pirate’s Booty is gluten, peanut and tree-nut free, so it’s safe for trick-or-treaters or classmates with these common food allergies. Pirate’s Booty is made without trans-fats and ingredients you can’t pronounce. Plus, the Pirate is already dressed for the occasion! “Mom” at Tiny Green Mom and her little ones love this fun and healthy little treat for an easy grab-and-go snack all October long. (Who are we kidding, all year long!)

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This year, it will be easier than ever to pass out Pirate’s Booty, as Target and Super Target stores across the county will be offering special Halloween 20-packs of half-ounce, 65-calorie bags of Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar. The Halloween 20-packs of Pirate’s Booty will be available from mid-September through October.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*